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Newlyweds From Delhi Killed In Las Vegas Copter Crash

Newlyweds From Delhi Killed In Las Vegas Copter Crash

LAS VEGAS-Medical examiners on Dec. 11 identified the remaining unnamed victims killed in the crash of a sightseeing helicopter outside Las Vegas last week, releasing the names of newlyweds from India who were in the U.S. on vacation. Clark County Coroner Michael Murphy told The Associated Press that Lovish Bhanot, 28, and Anupama Bhola, 26, […]

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More Indian Banks Hike NRE Deposit Rates

More Indian Banks Hike NRE Deposit Rates

MUMBAI –  More banks have entered the race to attract overseas Indians’ money after a dollar-starved Reserve Bank freed the rates on non-resident external accounts, offering interest as high as 9.6 percent per annum. Three more banks have announced hikes in their non-resident external (NRE) deposit offerings, with mid-size lenders YES Bank and Dena Bank […]

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China To Introduce US Style Visa Rules For Foreigners

China To Introduce US Style Visa Rules For Foreigners

BEIJING – China will introduce US style visa rules for foreigners, which included procedures like finger printing, to put in place biological identification data in order to “curb illegal entry” in the country to seek jobs. The draft law on entry and exit procedures, currently under consideration by China’s legislature, National People’s Congress, for the […]

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Billionaire Ambani Brothers Unite For Father’s Memorial

Billionaire Ambani Brothers Unite For Father’s Memorial

MUMBAI – India’s billionaire brothers Mukesh and Anil Ambani have come together to dedicate a memorial to their late father, in the latest sign of a thaw in frosty relations between the tycoons. The brothers, who fought a very public battle for the spoils of their father’s vast business empire, are spearheading the creation of […]

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9-Year-Old Girl Molested By Neighbour

9-Year-Old Girl Molested By Neighbour

NEW DELHI – A nine-year-old class two girl student was allegedly molested by her neighbour in east Delhi Monday evening, said police. The accused has been identified as Babu Sikander, 40, a resident of Sherpur in east Delhi’s Khajoori Khas area. Sikander resides near the victim’s house and works in a private factory. “Sikander allegedly […]

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Zardari Vows Defiance As Crises Mount

Zardari Vows Defiance As Crises Mount

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s embattled but defiant President Asif Ali Zardari used the fourth anniversary of the death of his wife Benazir Bhutto to ensure supporters he would not resign in the face of numerous crises building around him. Zardari, who became president after the former prime minister was killed in 2007 following her return from […]

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U.S. mistakes led to deadly Pakistan airstrikes, says Pentagon

U.S. mistakes led to deadly Pakistan airstrikes, says Pentagon

A Pentagon investigation shows that U.S. mistakes led to the NATO airstrikes in November that killed two dozen Pakistani troops and sparked widespread protests. WASHINGTON—A top U.S. general said Thursday that an “overarching lack of trust” between the U.S. and Pakistan, as well as several key communication errors, led to the NATO airstrikes last month […]

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India’s National Anthem Turns 100 Years

India’s National Anthem Turns 100 Years

NEW DELHI – ‘Jana Gana Mana’, the country’s national anthem penned by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, turned 100, as it was first sung a century ago at the 1911 Calcutta Session of the Indian National Congress. Written in highly Sanskritised Bengali in 1911 by one of the greatest poets of the 20th century, the song […]

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India Has Inadequate Mathematicians, Says PM Singh

India Has Inadequate Mathematicians, Says PM Singh

CHENNAI – Declaring 2012 as the ‘National Mathematical year’ as a tribute to maths wizard Srinivasa Ramanujan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh voiced concern over the “badly inadequate” number of competent mathematicians in the country. He also said that the perception that pursuit of mathematics does not lead to attractive career possibilities “must change.” “It is […]

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Russian Protesters Seeking To Sow Chaos, Says Putin

Russian Protesters Seeking To Sow Chaos, Says Putin

MOSCOW – Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that mass protests against his 12-year rule were being stoked by a hollow collection of leaderless opposition groups who wanted to sow chaos in Russia. In his first comments since Saturday’s protest, Russia’s prime minister said it was impossible to annul the December 4 parliamentary election – the […]

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